Code of Ethics

Curling Canada states the following code of ethics as a supplement to the rules of curling. We encourage all curlers to follow these guidelines.

Curlers’ Code of Ethics 
  • I will play the game with a spirit of good sportsmanship.
  • I will conduct myself in an honourable manner both on and off the ice.
  • I will never knowingly break a rule, but if I do, I will divulge the breach.
  • I will take no action that could be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate or demean my opponents, teammates or umpires.
  • I will interpret the rules in an impartial manner, always keeping in mind that the purpose of the rules is to ensure that the game is played in an orderly and fair manner.
  • I will humbly accept any penalty that the governing body at any level of curling deems appropriate, if I am found in violation of the Code of Ethics or rules of the game.
Coaching Code of Ethics 
  • The coach shall act with integrity in performing all duties owed to athletes, the sport, other members of the coaching profession and the public.
  • The coach shall strive to be well prepared and current in order that all duties in their discipline are fulfilled with competence.
  • The coach shall act in the best interest of the athlete’s development as a whole person.
  • The coach shall accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules that define and govern the sport.
  • The coach shall accept the role of umpires in providing judgment to ensure that competitions are conducted fairly and in accordance with the established rules.
  • The coach’s conduct toward other coaches shall be characterized by courtesy, good faith and respect.
  • The coach shall maintain the highest standards of personal conduct and support the principles of Fair Play.
Fair Play
  • Fair Play begins with the strict observance of the written rule; however, in most cases, Fair Play involves something more than even unfailing observance of the written rule. The observance of the spirit of the rules, whether written or unwritten, is important.
  • Fair Play results from measuring up to one’s own moral standards while engaged in competition.
  • Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for teammates and opponents, whether they are winning or losing.
  • Fair Play is consistent demonstration of respect for umpires, an acceptance of their decisions and a steadfast spirit of collaboration with them.
  • Sportsmanlike behaviour should be demonstrated both on and off the ice. This includes modesty in victory and composure in defeat.